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This Timeline of American poetry contains the significant events in the history of American poetry in English (and selected events in the history of American poetry in other languages), mostly original publications of books, from the beginning until 2010. English-language books of poetry (not counting anthologies) have been limited to 3 per year.

18th centuryEdit

1772 - Philip Freneau, The American Village
1773 - Phillis Wheatley, Poems on Various Subjects
1786 - Philip Freneau, Poems: Written chiefly during the late war

19th centuryEdit

1806 - Philip Freneau, Poems
1829 - George Moses Horton, The Hope of Liberty

1837 - George Moses Horton, Poems by a Slave
1838 - John Greenleaf Whittier, Poems
1839 - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Voices of the Night

1842 - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Poems on Slavery / Ballads, and other poems

1844 - Christopher Pearse Cranch, Poems

1847 - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Evangeline: A tale of Acadie

  • Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven, and other poems

1848 - James Russell Lowell, The Biglow Papers / The Vision of Sir Launfal

1855 - Paul Hamilton Hayne, Poems

1858 - Edgar Allan Poe, Poetical Works 1860 - Henry Timrod, Poems

  • Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass (3rd edition)
  • 1863 - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Tales of a Wayside Inn

1866 - Margaret Deland, The Old Garden, and other verses

1867 - Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass (4th edition)

1871 - Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass (5th edition)
1872 - Paul Hamilton Hayne, Legends and Lyrics

  • Henry Timrod, Poems (edited by (Paul Hamilton Hayne)

1876 - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Selected Poems
1877 - Sidney Lanier, Poems

1881 - Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass (6th edition)
1882 - Paul Hamilton Hayne, Poems (complete edition)
1883 - Jones Very, Poems

1855 - James Russell Lowell, Under the Old Elm, and other poems

1890 - Gertrude Hall, Verses

  • John Greenleaf Whittier, At Sundown, and other poems

1891 - Emily Dickinson, Poems
1892 - Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass (deathbed edition)

1895 - Henry David Thoreau, Poems of Nature

20th centuryEdit

1911-1920Edit

1909 - Theodosia Garrison, The Joy o'Life, and other poems

1915 - Edgar Lee Masters, Spoon River Anthology

1917 - Theodosia Garrison, The Dreamers, and other poems

1918 - Poetry Society of America sponsors Pulitzer Prize in Poetry (in 1918 and 1919)

1919 - Carl Sandburg, Corn Husker [1]

1921-1930Edit

1922 - annual Pulitzer Prize in Poetry 1st awarded

1923 - Edna St. Vincent Millay, The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver / A Few Figs from Thistles [1]
1924 - Robert Frost, New Hampshire [1]
1925 - Countee Cullen, Colour

1926 - Langston Hughes, The Weary Blues

1927 - Leonora Speyer, Fiddler's Farewell [1]
1928 - Edwin Arlington Robinson, Tristram [1]
1929 - Stephen Vincent Benét, John Brown's Body [1]
1930 - Conrad Aiken, Selected Poems [1]

1931-1940Edit

1931 - Robert Frost, Collected Poems [1]
1932 - George Dillon, The Flowering Stone [1]
1933 - Robert Hillyer, Collected Verse [1]
1934 - Archibald MacLeish, Conquistador [1]
1935 - Audrey Wurdmann, Bright Ambush [1]
1936 - Robert P.T. Coffin, Strange Holiness [1]
1937 - Robert Frost, A Further Range [1]
1938 - Marya Zaturenska, Cold Morning Sky [1]
1939 - John Gould Fletcher, Selected Poems [1]
1940 - Mark Van Doren, Collected Poems [1]

1941-1950Edit

1941 - Leonard Bacon, Sunderland Capture [1]
1942 - William Rose Benét, The Dust Which is God [1]
1943 - Robert Frost, A Witness Tree [1]
1944 - Stephen Vincent Benét, Western Star [1]
1945 - Karl Shapiro, V-Letter, and other poems [1]
1947 - Robert Lowell, Lord Weary's Castle [1]
1948 - W.H. Auden, The Age of Anziety [1]

1949 - Peter Viereck, Terror and Decorum [1]
1950 - Gwendolyn Brooks, Annie Allen [1]

1951-1960Edit

1951 - Carl Sandburg, Complete Poems [1]

  • Wallace Stevens, Auroras of Autumn [2]

1952 - Marianne Moore, Collected Poems [1] [2]
1953 - Archibald MacLeish, Collected Poems, 1917-1952 [1] [2]
1954 - Conrad Aiken, Collected Poems [2]

1955 - Jack Kerouac, Mexico City Blues

1956 - Elizabeth Bishop, Poems North and South / A Cold Spring [1]

1957 - Richard Wilbur, Things of This World [1] [2]
1958 - Lawrence Ferlinghetti, A Coney Island of the Mind

1959 - Stanley Kunitz, Selected Poems, 1928-1958 [1]

1960 - Weldon Kees, Collected Poems

1961-1970Edit

1961 - Randall Jarrell, The Woman at the Washington Zoo [2]

1962 - Alan Dugan, Poems [1] [2]
1963 - Arna Bontemps, Personals

1964 - John Crowe Ransom, Selected Poems [2]

1965 - John Berryman, 77 Dream Songs [1]

  • Theodore Roethke, The Far Field [2]

1966 - James Dickey, Buckdancer's Choice [2]

1967 - Rod McKuen, Listen to the Warm

1968 - Robert Bly, The Light around the Body [2]

1969 - John Berryman, His Toy, His Dream, His Rest [2]

1970 - Elizabeth Bishop, Complete Poems [2]

1971-1980Edit

1971 - W.S. Merwin, The Carrier of Ladders [1]

1972 - Howard Moss, Selected Poems [2]

1973 - A.R. Ammons, Collected Poems, 1951-1971 [2]

1974 - Allen Ginsberg, The Fall of America: Poems of these states, 1965-1971 [2]

1975 - Marilyn Hacker, Presentation Piece [2]

1976 - John Ashbery, Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror [1] [2]
1977 - Richard Eberhart, Collected Poems, 1930-1976 [2]

1978 - Howard Nemerov, Collected Poems [1] [2]</ br> 1979 - Robert Penn Warren, Now and Then [1]

  • James Merrrill, Mirabell: Books of Number [2]

1980 - Donald Justice, Selected Poems [1]

1981-1990Edit

1981 - Carolyn Forché, The Country between Us

1982 - William Bronk, Life Supports: New and selected poems [2]

  • Sylvia Plath, Collected Poems [1]

1983 - Elizabeth Bishop, The Complete Poems, 1927-1979

1984 - Mary Oliver, American Primitive [1]
1985 - Carolyn Kizer, Yin [1]
1986 - Henry Taylor, The Flying Change [1]
1987 - Rita Dove, Thomas and Beulah [1]

1988 - William Meredith, Partial Accounts: New and selected poems [1]
1989 - Richard Wilbur, New and Collected Poems [1]
1990 - Charles Simic, The World Doesn't End [1]

1991-2000Edit

1991 - Philip Levine, What Work Is [2]

  • Mona Van Duyn, Near Changes [1]

1992 - James Tate, Selected Poems [1]
1993 - A.R. Ammons, Garbage [2]

1994 - Yusef Komunyakaa, Neon Vernacular: New and selected poems [1]

1995 - Stanley Kunitz, Passing Through: The later poems, new and selected [2]

  • Philip Levine, The Simple Truth [1]

1996 - Hayden Carruth, Scrambled Eggs and Whiskey: Poems, 1991-1995 [2]

1997 - William Meredith, Effort at Speech: New and selected poems [2]

  • Lisel Mueller, Alive Together: New and selected poems [1]

1998 - Gerald Stern, This Time: New and selected poems [2]

1999 - Philip Booth, Lifelines: Selected poems, 1950-1999

2000 - C.K. Williams, Repair [1]

21st centuryEdit

2001-2010Edit

2001 - Stephen Dunn, Different Hours [1]
2002 - Carl Dennis, Practical Gods [1]
2003 - Poetry 180: A turning back to poetry (edited by Billy Collins)

2004 - Franz Wright, Walking to Martha's Vineyard [1]
2005 - Ted Kooser, Flying at Night: Poems, 1965-1985

  • - Gregory Orr, Concerning the Book that is the Body of the Beloved

2006 - Claudia Emerson, Late Wife [1]
2007 - Natasha Trethewey, Native Guard [1]
2008 - Robert Hass, Time and Materials [1]

2009 - W.S. Merwin, The Shadow of Sirius [1]
2010 - Rae Armantrout, Versed [1]

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